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What is the ADRC First Pre-Screen Process?

The ADRC First Pre-screen is a process developed to improved access and outcomes for individuals seeking long-term services and supports. The process begins when an individual contacts the Aging and Disabilities Resource Center or another provider with a need for assistance. The ADRC specialist conducts a pre-screen and short interview to ensure the individual receives information and options counseling to prevent institutionalization and assist in planning for immediate and future needs. During the pilot phase, the pre-screen process was tested and shown to improve outcomes for individuals and their caregivers by providing them a wide range of options and assisting them in accessing services based on their individual preferences. In addition, all screened individuals receive a follow up call to ensure they were successful in connecting with services which helped prevent some individuals from falling through the cracks.


How will the ADRC conduct the pre-screen?

An individual can receive a pre-screen in-person, at an ADRC or in their home; over the phone; or through video technology where available.


How will the pre-screen benefit an individual seeking assistance?

The pre-screen will indicate whether an individual will meet both functional and financial eligibility requirements of the program prior to spending time and effort to complete an application that may be denied and through the options counseling interview, will learn about supports and services they may not have known of and that may assist them without having to go through the Waiver application and assessment process, which often takes months. The ADRC specialists have knowledge of an array of programs to assist individuals remain independent in their homes and communities.


How will the pre-screen benefit caregivers?

Caregivers assisting a loved one in accessing services will receive assistance in navigating the complex and unfamiliar maze of home and community based programs and services and will receive assistance from an ADRC specialist, saving time, money and reducing frustration for the caregiver and their loved one.


How will the pre-screen benefit care coordinators and providers?

Care Coordinators and service providers often come in contact with individuals who experience a variety of disabilities and have complex needs that fall outside of the services they can provide. The ADRC specialist can provide assistance with housing, transportation, public benefits, Medicare, and other needs so the provider can focus on delivering services instead of doing research.


How will the pre-screen benefit the State of Alaska?

The pre-screen pilot project was shown to reduce the number of new Waiver applications submitted to the state which reduced the wait time for assessments as well as saved the state money by providing information on grant and other lower cost services.




State administrative contact:


Lisa Morley

State of Alaska - Health and Social Services
Division of Senior & Disabilities Services,
Health Program Manager III - Grants Unit
P.O. Box 110680, Juneau, AK 99811-0680
Direct: 907-465-4996
Fax: 907-465-1170
Toll Free: 1-800-475-3165

Martin Morris

Aging and Disability Resource Centers Program Manager
Division of Senior & Disabilities Services,
P.O. Box 110680, Juneau, AK 99811-0680
Direct: 907-465-4798
Fax: 907-465-1170
Toll Free: 1-800-478-9996